Lorena Gott Cochrane 869
- Born: 2 March 1888, Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine 869
- Died: 31 August 1920, Monhegan, Lincoln County, Maine at age 32
- Buried: After 31 August 1920, Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine at Monmouth Center Cemetery
Cause of her death was drowned.
Lewiston Daily Sun
September 1, 1920
Miss Cochrane of Monmouth Drowned Off Monhegan Ledges
Monhegan, Aug. 31. - Miss Lorena Cochrane of Monmouth, an employee in the office of the State Librarian in Augusta was drowned here at 2:15 this afternoon by slipping off the ledges into the water where she was walking with a Miss Proctor, also of Augusta. The body was recovered in minutes but all efforts to resuscitate her failed.
The Misses Cochrane and Proctor who came to the island Monday were walking along the ledges when Miss Proctor slipped and fell into the water. She easily swam back only to find her companion was in the water. The latter was unconscious before she could be rescued. It is not known whether she slipped herself or was drowned trying to reach Miss Proctor, who is a good swimmer.
Miss Cochrane was the only daughter of Harry Cochrane, a former member of the Legislature, and a well known artist and historian. Miss Cochrane was a native of Monmouth and was educated in public schools in that town and Monmouth Academy. She has been employed in the office of the State Librarian for some time. Mr. Cochrane has also been in the employ of the State Department and much of the time for the past two years he and Mrs. Cochrane made their home in Augusta.
Lorena is described in an article entitled, "Lorena Cochrane: A Woman of Quiet Independence", which was published in the Sun Journal March 2, 1995, as follows:
"Lorena, a remarkable woman in her own right, had inherited her mother's quiet disposition and fine intelligence. She also inherited her father's abilities in many areas, although apparently she was so modest that only her closest friends were aware that she was a talented musician and artist. She was a fine scholar and loved literature as much as her mother, serving for two years as document director of the Maine State Library. Prior to that Lorena was a teacher at the Nash School and had served as assistant of the kindergarten of the Green Street Methodist Church.
"At the time of her death, in 1920, Lorena had been working on a book of Maine history for use in grade schools. She was living with the family of Mrs. Flora Brainard in Augusta and had taken time off for a short vacation at Monhegan with a friend from Massachusetts, Mollie Proctor."
• She worked as a librarian and primary grade school teacher.
• She appeared on the census in 1900 at Main Street in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine. She lived with her parents in the household of her maternal grandparents. Second cousins Rena and Shirley Leadbetter lived in the home as well.
• She appeared on the census in 1910 at South Main Street in Monmouth, Kennebec County, Maine. She lived with her parents in the household of her maternal grandparents.
• She appeared on the census in 1920 at 119 Sewall Street in Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. She lived in the household of her parents.